I like to embroider from time to time. I don’t think I’m too skilled at it, but it’s good practice for making nice, even stitches for those times when I have to take needle in hand. I recently came across a thrifting treasure of old crewel wool, so after checking a stack of books out of the library and trying out a bunch of stitches I decided to try to finish a crewel project. This is a design that I actually drew up myself of the Maneki Neko holding a sewing needle and thread. His little tail wraps around a cute little pin cushion. cute, right?
Want to look a little closer?
red stitching in ears
Neko’s pincushion and french knot pins
Neko’s thread. I used some lovely green yarn for this and couched it down with some of the crewel wool.
The entire piece measures about 8 inches wide, and I think I’ll stitch this onto one of my reusable shopping totes so I can carry it around with me. I enjoyed this project, so I think I’m going to try and so some more crewel embroidery from now on.